New Delhi: Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu went back on his word and made a U-turn after claiming earlier that Congress President Rahul Gandhi sent him to Pakistan for the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor on November 28. Also Read - India to Observe October 22 as Black Day to Highlight Pak-Backed Militia's Invasion in J&K
Sidhu later tweeted saying that Gandhi never asked him to go to Pakistan and it was at the behest of Imran Khan’s personal invite that he went to Pakistan. Also Read - Twin Sisters Who Were Joined at The Head, Return Home to Pakistan After Successful Separation at UK Hospital
He tweeted, “Get your facts right before you distort them, Rahul Gandhi Ji never asked me to go to Pakistan. The whole world knows I went on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s personal invite.” Also Read - Three Killed, 15 Injured in Explosion in Multi-storey Building in Karachi
Earlier in the day, Sidhu said that Rahul Gandhi sent him to Pakistan for the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor on November 28. “My captain is Rahul Gandhi, he has sent me everywhere (Mere captain Rahul Gandhi hain, unhone toh bheja hai har jagah),” said Sidhu in Hyderabad on Friday.
Furthermore, Sidhu claimed that 20 Congress leaders had asked him to visit the neighbouring country. “At least 20 Congress leaders asked me to go. The Central leadership of the party asked me to go. Punjab Chief Minister is like my father, I told him that I had already promised them (Pakistan) that I will go,” Sidhu said in an exclusive interview to news agency ANI.
Sidhu was one of the invitees, who went to Pakistan to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor on November 28. The leader got embroiled in controversy after his photographs with a pro-Khalistani leader Gopal Chawla went viral.
Meanwhile, the Congress leader also tried to clear the controversy surrounding him being photographed with Chawla. Sidhu said that he got his picture clicked with 20,000 people whom he does know and thus commenting on the issue would be incorrect.
Accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of taking u-turns on Kartarpur corridor issue, Sidhu said, “When I first went to Pakistan and talked about them (Pakistan) promising Kartarpur Corridor, the critics mocked and made fun of me, now the same people are licking their own spit and taking U-turns.”